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Film Laptop Requirement

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Watkins requires all film students enrolled in FLM 112.01, Tech I, and all production classes taken subsequently to provide their own laptop computer.  The recommended hardware:  Apple Macbook Pro with at least 4GB of RAM.  Please consult The Film School Chair or the Information Technology and Equipment Services for approval of any other computer.

 

 

Film Internships

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Many internship opportunities are available and The Film School encourages students to take advantage of these resources. The following is a partial list of companies and film productions where students have had the opportunity to intern in the last couple of years:

Film House

CMT (Country Music Television)

Taillight TV

NPT (Nashville Public Television)

Dick Clark Productions

Gomez Photography

Pivot TV - LA

NuMynd Studios

MTV - NY

Participant Media - LA

Stoker (Feature Film)

Broken Film Partners

AC. Inc.

Nomadic Independence

A Matter of Time (Feature film)

StagePost

Anyone’s Ghost (Feature Film)

ABC- TV, Nashville

The Discovery Channel

HiDef Entertainment

Studio W

Film Facilities and Equipment

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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Facilities

  • Two production stages outfitted with rolling set pieces that create a variety of shooting opportunities such as the front of a house and/or brownstone and interior rooms including staircases and bookcases and furniture. Both stages have board-controlled lighting grids.
  • Students working in the small sound stage

    Students working in the small sound stage

    Two large digital editing labs with Avid, Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools editing software.

  • Post-production audio/music studio with Pro Tools, an ADR booth and Foley pits for completing dialogue, music and sound design work.
  • 8200 cu. ft mix theater with ProTools HD surround for full Dolby 5.1 film mixes.
  • Color Correction Suite with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 9.0 with a Tangent 3 trackball Control Surface.
  • Student Writing Lab equipped with Final Draft software for writing screenplays and Microsoft Office.
  • A 200-seat professional movie theater with state-of-the-art projection and sound.
  • Production office for student meetings and other tasks necessary to arrange our 50-plus student productions mounted each semester. Auditions for actors are held every fall and spring,  and more than 200 cataloged head-shots and actor resumes.
on set working on the Fisher Dolly

on set working on the Fisher Dolly

EQUIPMENT

A film equipment room houses all the film school’s production equipment. Students follow industry practices for the check-out and returning of gear. Only students in production classes may check out equipment. Current equipment includes:

  • Three Arri SR-1 16mm camera packages with accessories
  • Two Canon 5D Mark III camera package with accessories.
  • One Canon 5D Mark II camera package with accessories.
  • Two HPX 170 cameras
  • Sony EX3 camera
  • Canon 5D Mark 3 kit
  • Five 744T Sound Devices Hard Disc Recorders
  • Prime lens for DSLR
  • Post Production Studio

    Post Production Studio

    Panasonic HVX 100 mini DV camera packages

  • Digital and Film camera tripods
  • Two FR-2 Field Memory recorders
  • Three DAT Packages
  • NAGRA IV-S
  • Zoom H4N SD card recorders
  • Eight Sennheiser shotgun microphone kits
  • Two Redrock Ultra Cages that include Matte Boxes and Follow Focuses
  • A large assortment of grip and lighting equipment including HMI Pars

Film Plan Of Study

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

BFA in Film – Cinematography Concentration
First Year
 ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 163 3-D Design
ART 162 Drawing I ENG 102 English Composition II
ENG 101 English Composition FLM 112 Tech I
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
ART 164 4-D Design COM 220 Fund. of Speech Comm.
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Modern Intern’l Cinema
FLM 210 Film Production I FLM 211 Production II
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 261 Directing Workshop
FLM 291 Intro to Editing FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
FLM 301 Production Fundamentals FLM 311 Film Production III
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 371 Motion Picture Lighting
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
General Education Elective MAT 101 Mathematic for Visual Arts
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
FLM 451 Film Industry Business & Finance ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 460 Advanced Critical Seminar FLM 412 Film Production IV-B
SCI 310 History of Scientific Thought Concentration/Film Elective
General Education Elective Concentration/Film Elective
Visual Arts Elective General Education Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

BFA in Film – Directing Concentration
First Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 163 3-D Design
ART 162 Drawing I ENG 102 English Composition II
ENG 101 English Composition FLM 112 Tech I
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
ART 164 4-D Design COM 220 Fund. of Speech Comm.
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Modern Intern’l Cinema
FLM 210 Film Production I FLM 211 Production II
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 261 Directing Workshop
FLM 291 Intro to Editing FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
FLM 262 Acting for Directors FLM 310 Film Production II
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 362 Advanced Directing
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
General Education Elective MAT 101 Mathematic for Visual Arts
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 451 Film Industry Business & Finance FLM 412 Film Production IV-B
FLM 460 Advanced Critical Seminar Concentration/Film Elective
SCI 310 History of Scientific Thought General Education Elective
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
BFA in Film – Editing Concentration
First Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 163 3-D Design
ART 162 Drawing I ENG 102 English Composition II
ENG 101 English Composition FLM 112 Tech I
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
ART 164 4-D Design COM 220 Fund. of Speech Comm.
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Modern Intern’l Cinema
FLM 210 Film Production I FLM 211 Production II
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 261 Directing Workshop
FLM 291 Intro to Editing FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 311 Film Production III
HIS 101 History of World Civ I FLM 391 Intermediate Editing
Concentration/Film Elective HIS 102 History of World Civ II
General Education Elective MAT 101 Mathematic for Visual Arts
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
FLM 451 Film Industry Business & Finance ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 490 Advanced Editing FLM 412 Film Production IV-B
FLM 460 Advanced Critical Seminar Concentration/Film Elective
SCI 310 History of Scientific Thought General Education Elective
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

BFA in Film – Producing Concentration
First Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 163 3-D Design
ART 162 Drawing I ENG 102 English Composition II
ENG 101 English Composition FLM 112 Tech I
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
ART 164 4-D Design COM 220 Fund. of Speech Comm.
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Modern Intern’l Cinema
FLM 210 Film Production I FLM 211 Production II
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 261 Directing Workshop
FLM 291 Intro to Editing FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
FLM 301 Production Fundamentals FLM 311 Film Production III
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay HIS 102 History of World Civ II
HIS 101 History of World Civ I MAT 101 Mathematic for Visual Arts
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 451 Film Industry Business & Finance FLM 412 Film Production IV-B
FLM 460 Advanced Critical Seminar Concentration/Film Elective
SCI 310 History of Scientific Thought Concentration/Film Elective
General Education Elective General Education Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
 

BFA in Film – Screenwritting Concentration
First Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals ART 163 3-D Design
ART 162 Drawing I ENG 102 English Composition II
ENG 101 English Composition FLM 112 Tech I
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
ART 164 4-D Design COM 220 Fund. of Speech Comm.
FLM 201 The Early Dev. of Cinema FLM 202 Modern Intern’l Cinema
FLM 210 Film Production I FLM 211 Production II
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera FLM 261 Directing Workshop
FLM 291 Intro to Editing FLM 292 Film Sound I
FLM 299 Portfolio Review
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay FLM 311 Film Production III
HIS 101 History of World Civ I FLM 330 Advanced Screenwriting
Concentration Elective HIS 102 History of World Civ II
General Education Elective MAT 101 Mathematic for Visual Arts
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
FLM 431 Screenwriting Workshop ANT 101 Anthropology
FLM 451 Film Industry Business & Finance FLM 411 Film Production IV-A
FLM 460 Advanced Critical Seminar Concentration/Film Elective
SCI 310 History of Scientific Thought General Education Elective
General Education Elective Visual Arts Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

Although the Plans of Study describe a 4-year completion schedule, full-time students who work while attending the institution, or who for various reasons cannot manage a 15-credit hour-per semester workload may alternatively plan to complete the degree program in 4 1/2 or 5 years.  A majority of Watkins students have historically made the decision to complete their Plan of Study in 5 years.  Since Watkins changes tuition by the credit hour rather than by the semester, the total cost of tuition remains the same regardless of whether the students completes the BFA in 4, 4 1/2 or 5 years.

Visual Arts Core or General Education courses and some Film elective courses may be taken over the summer.

 

Film Curriculum

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film
Curriculum
Total credit hours: 120

click on any course title for a description

Visual Arts Core Requirements 12
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals 3
ART 162 Drawing I 3
ART 163 3-D Design 3
ART 164 4-D Design (Time Based Media) 3
Visual Arts Elective Explorations 9
Various Visual Art Electives 9
Film Major 45
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art 3
FLM 112 Tech I 3
FLM 201 The Early Development of Cinema 3
FLM 202 Modern International Cinema 3
FLM 204 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
FLM 210 Film Production I 3
FLM 211 Film Production II 3
FLM 221 Motion Picture Camera 3
FLM 261 Directing Workshop 3
FLM 291 Introduction to Editing 3
FLM 292 Film Sound I 3
FLM 299 Portfolio Review 0
FLM 311 Film Production III 3
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay 3
FLM 451 Film Industry – Business & Finance 3
FLM 460 Advanced Critical Seminar 3
General Education 30
ANT 101 Anthropology 3
ART 101 Art History Survey I 3
ART 102 Art History Survey II 3
COM 220 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
HIS 101 History of World Civilization I 3
HIS 102 History of World Civilization II 3
MAT 101 Mathematics for Visual Arts 3
SCI 3XX Science Series (select one) 3
General Education Elective Explorations 9
Various General Education Electives 9
Film Concentration (choose one) 15
Cinematography
FLM 371 Motion Picture Lighting 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 412 Film Production IV-B 3
Various Concentration Electives 6
Directing
FLM 262 Acting for Directors 3
FLM 362 Advanced Directing 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 412 Film Production IV-B 3
Various Concentration Electives 3
Editing
FLM 391 Intermediate Editing 3
FLM 412 Film Production IV-B 3
FLM 490 Advanced Editing 3
Various Concentration Electives 6
Producing
FLM 301 Production Fundamentals 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 412 Film Production IV-B 3
Various Concentration Electives 6
Screenwriting
FLM 330 Advanced Screenwriting 3
FLM 411 Film Production IV-A 3
FLM 431 Screenwriting Workshop 3
Various Concentration Electives 6

Film – Certificate

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

For those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another area of study, we also offer al Certificate in Film. This 45 credit hour program allows you to study the film foundation and then choose electives to expand your studies in the areas of Producing, Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography and Editing.

Film – BFA

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film is designed to give the student a complete education in the artistic, technical, and business aspects of independent filmmaking. Although the program is focused on dramatic narrative film production, students are encouraged to explore other forms of the art, including, but not limited to, documentary and music video production.

All film students take film courses their first year of study and begin production within their second year, depending on their program of study. Classes are small, allowing for faculty mentoring, advising and access to equipment. Close collaboration with colleagues, assisting on student and professional film sets, developing ideas and bringing those ideas to fruition on film can lead to a rewarding and creative career.

Those in the BFA program start with film foundation classes that introduce all aspects of filmmaking to the student. As the program progresses, the student will chose one of the following concentrations

  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography

taking additional course work in that specific area. In addition, students are also required to complete a visual arts and general education core designed to create a well-rounded filmmaker and visual artist.